Blog: Hawaii: Four Islands in Five Days

Hotels & Resorts

Hawaii is one of the best places on the globe for groups wanting to step out of the frantic pace of the business world and into a relaxing environment where employees can rejuvenate their energy and gain a fresh perspective on their work. So, on the surface, a whirlwind multi-island media trip involving five plane…

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Blogger Bash!

Industry Events

Last week I was lucky enough to be one of 150 California bloggers to attend a Mad Men themed social media cocktail party hosted by the Anaheim Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau (AOCVCB) at the Anaheim Convention Center, Southern California’s largest convention center. And as a double whammy, we were also celebrating an anniversary….

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A Welcome Blog!


Hello. I’m Josef Aukee and I have just joined the Smart Meetings editorial team as the new managing editor. If that sounds like a confession—it is. I’m thrilled to have found a fine place to share my travel stories, ideas and experiences that began as long ago as those Brady Bunch-style driving journeys I did…

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Build a Better Blog

Technology News

?Blogging seems so old school these days, with so many people glued to their BlackBerrys and iPhones, typing out (or reading) their 140-character tweets. But while the promoters of Web 2.0 and social marketing keep blaring about the merits of Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter as the latest and greatest way to connect with your social…

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TSA to Require More Items to Be Removed From Bags at Checkpoints


You may need to grab some extra bins and pack your patience at the security checkpoint next time you fly. Ten major U.S. airports are participating in a trial of a new Transportation Security Administration process. Checkpoints at LAX, Boston Logan, Detroit Metropolitan, and more will now require ticketed passengers to remove electronics larger than…

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Meetings Hit Hardest as US Travel Industry Set to Lose $1.3 Billion in 2017


Since the announcement of President Donald Trump’s first travel ban in February, travel leaders have warned against its potential impact on the industry. One week after the executive order was signed, Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) reported that the travel ban caused the United States to lose $185 million in bookings in one week. Although…

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Home Sharing Gains Ground, but Business Travel Pros Remain Cautious


Travel professionals are not exactly embracing home-sharing properties, but they aren’t rejecting them outright, either. A recent study conducted by Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) of Alexandria, Virginia, found that businesses are paying close attention to the use of home-sharing properties for employee travel. The study, “Home-Sharing and Travel Policies—A Shifting Landscape,” found one out…

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8 Books Every Planner Should Read

Meeting PlanningPlannerTips & Tools

No matter where you are this summer, you can get lost in a book and absorb some valuable wisdom. Here’s our summer list of stellar reading material for anyone in the meeting and event planning industry. We’ve even matched book selections with specific types of planners. So whether you’re flipping through pages on a beach…

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Event Planning Inspiration from Coachella 2017

EventsFood & BeverageHealth & Wellness

Coachella is arguably the queen of music festivals. Each year, around 126,000 people (per weekend) unite in the desert of Indio, California, to enjoy performances by the  trending musicians. Now in its 18th year, the 3-day, 2-weekend festival is a dynamic experience which has grown to be much more than just a few concerts. Coachella…

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The Next Level of Travel Customization


Part of both the fun and fear of planning a trip is questioning how it will play out. Instead of gambling with a significant investment when organizing a meeting or event, imagine selecting a destination that caters to a desired emotion. The capacity of such technology would certainly be the holy grail of tailor-made travel….

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